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27 March 2014

Guest Blog: The A-Z of Becoming a Confident and Interesting Presenter

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Guest Blog: The A-Z of Becoming a Confident and Interesting Presenter

One of our friends from the presentation industry, Ian Callow, is co-author of The Presenter’s Handbook. In this guest blog, Ian shares his A-Z tips for presenting with more confidence.

We have all sat through presentations where it is "Death by PowerPoint" or "Sea Sickness" from the over-use of Prezi functionality.  Just consider how this impacts on those watching. In a business environment it certainly impacts on the revenue stream with bored prospects unlikely to become clients. In the world of education students disengage and are likely to end up with a one-way experience, reading your presentation from a student portal instead.

As a presenter you need to make a difference and not rely on the software to do your job.

A successful presentation needs to be engaging to the audience. Polling systems such as OMBEA enable interaction while giving you immediate feedback. This is incredibly useful but such interactivity is only a small part of an important journey: There is a lot more you can do make your presentation stand out. Let’s take a look at a few tips, from A to Z, to start the thought process. For a deeper explanation of some of the terms used in the list, check out our main website at www.presentershandbook.com

A

Audience Consider the audience at all times during the presentation.

B

BYOD Delegates and students have access to mobile technology. Let them use their own devices in your presentation to take notes and interact.

C

Credibility Create credibility with the audience; this helps them take on the key message.

D

Deliver Deliver a presentation that is memorable for the right reasons.

E

Enjoy Enjoy the feeling of presenting. Your enjoyment will help your performance.

F

Feedback Ensure you gain feedback from the audience. You will then know how good the presentation was.

G

Graphics Use good quality graphics during your presentation and avoid clipart.

H

Help Ensure help is on hand from a technician if a malfunction occurs during your presentation.

I

Interaction Allow delegate interaction for presentations over 20 minutes.

J

Joke A joke shared with the audience will relax both the audience and yourself. Also see ‘X-Rated’.

K

Key Understand what your key message is going to be for the presentation.

L

Learn Learn from your performance by building in self-reflection tools after presenting.

M

Mirror Use your mirror neurons to learn from the best.

N

Nerves Nerves can be quashed by building anchors to trigger a positive state.

O

Orientation If you are not happy with the orientation of the room,  move tables and chairs.

P

Physiological Maintain a good physiological stance when presenting.

Q

Question Question your audience (Ombea). Why should they only be allowed to question you as the presenter?

R

Rehearse Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse some more for a successful presentation.

S

Safety Always have a safety net available in case things do not go according to plan.

T

Timing Timing is a key function of the presentation, start and finish on time.

U

Underpinning Underpinning your key message is you. Ensure you are at your best.

V

Video When using video in a presentation make it short and relevant.

W

What What is your story to relate you to the presentation? Tell the audience.

X

X-Rated Avoid an x-rated presentation. What you find amusing others may take objection to.

Y

Yes Yes you can become a great presenter - reading The Presenter's Handbook is a first step.

Z

Zero Accept a zero tolerance approach to poor presentations, evolve and improve.

For more information on becoming a Power Presenter visit The Presenter's Handbook website. Whilst your there remember to take part in our interactive quiz to see how good a presenter you actually are right now.

About the Author

Ian Callow is a co-author of The Presenter’s Handbook. In addition to the work he does with our OMBEA training programmes, Ian is a CPD & IT trainer for IRIS ConnectSMART Meeting Pro, and more. You can follow Ian on Twitter via @idcallow and @Pres_Handbook. If you want to read more of what Ian has to say about becoming a better presenter then check out his blog for The Presenter’s Handbook. Or get yourself to Amazon and buy the book.

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